Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki on Thursday confirmed that the restricted sodium metabisulfite chemical was found in some of the meat samples collected around Nairobi.
CS Kariuki reveals worrying results after gov't tests on meat in supermarkets
The samples were tested at government laboratories
CS Kariuki outlined that out of 40 samples that have been collected so far, 6 tested positive for the chemical that is not permitted for meat and meat products.
"Following the #RedAlert report, I directed all County Public Health Officials to undertake surveillance in all supermarkets, butcheries, meat processors and other food business operators to ascertain any presence additives not permitted use in meat and meat products.
"So far, 15 percent of the samples taken have fallen short of the standard of permitted Sodium Metabisulphite. The offenders will face the law," CS Kariuki disclosed.
Naivas butchery section closed
The preliminary findings released by the government came hours after Dr Alfred Mutua confirmed that the substance had been found in meat samples taken from Naivas Supermarket butchery section in Machakos County.
"I have been given a laboratory report showing that a sample of meat sold at the Naivas Supermarket at Gateway Mall in Mavoko, Machakos County, had 3.286 milligrams of an additive that should not be used in meat.
"I direct my officers in collaboration with National Govt. officers to move with speed to all supermarkets in Machakos County for investigations and advisory to the public. The butchery sections will remain closed until given an okay to open by my Government’s public health department," the Governor noted in his statement.
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